Tagged: fieldwork

Betting on bird sperm in a race to help hihi - Wild Science

Helen Taylor Mar 26, 2018

It’s well known that funding for conservation is seriously lacking, so we’ve had to get creative when it comes to raising money to protect New Zealand’s little ray of sunshine, the hihi. The hihi – a taonga in trouble Have you seen this bird? Probably not – the hihi is pretty hard to find (Image credit: Helen Taylor) Research … Read More

Scientist at work: I’ve dived in hundreds of underwater caves hunting for new forms of life - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 16, 2018

Tom Iliffe, Texas A&M University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Maybe when you picture a university professor doing research it involves test tubes and beakers, or perhaps poring over musty manuscripts in a dimly lit library, or maybe going out into the field to examine new crop-growing techniques or animal-breeding … Read More

Photos: Creatures reveal true colours up close - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 23, 2017

From a tiny caddsifly to a frolicking dusky dolohin, NIWA staff have captured some beautiful images of insects, birds, fish – and a particularly handsome frog. These up close and personal images have required enormous patience, great skills and a little bit of luck to pull off. They have all been taken by NIWA scientists and staff in the course … Read More

Discovering the unique fauna of alpine streams - Waiology

Waiology Jan 22, 2013

By Richard Storey Each summer many of us don a backpack and head into the mountains to immerse ourselves in spectacular scenery relatively untouched by human activities. Undoubtedly the tracks we follow will take us across dozens of clear, tumbling streams where we might refill our water bottles or splash cool water on our faces. But how often do we … Read More

Measuring snow and rain with a crashed spaceship - Waiology

Waiology Oct 25, 2011

Guest post by Dr Tim Kerr (post-doctoral fellow funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and hosted by NIWA) Back in June, Daniel described New Zealand’s rain as coming mainly from the plains mountains. In the South Island, that generally means the Southern Alps. One of science’s tasks is to refine our understanding of where, why and … Read More